Welcome back to the stage of history! With a tentative release date set for 2012, Namco Bandai was only able to give GamesRadar a brief glimpse of what fans can expect from the next Soulcalibur title. But what we saw still looked promising.
Above: An E3 teaser for Soulcalibur V. You can see snippets of gameplay on the two new stages mentioned earlier
For those of you who like story in their fighting games, Soulcalibur V will be set 17 years after the events in Soulcalibur IV. We imagine that it’ll be particularly interesting to see how iconic players, like Ivy and Voldo, are affected by the passage of time, but producer Hisaharu Tago was tight-lipped when asked about how appearances may change. Tago was, however, eager to talk numbers in regards to Soulcalibur V’s roster. Expect 20-30 playable characters with half of those 20-30 characters being brand new.
Above: Here’s new character Pyrrha looking rather elegant
Above: Newcomer Patroklos lightly slashes old timer Mitsurugi
Above: The Naval Battle stage wobbles in time with the tides
Above: There will be no ring outs in Torture Chamber, all sides of the stage are blocked off with spiky walls
According to Tago, the team’s goal is to make Soulcalibur V “faster, lighter, and more elegant.” While we don’t know how much more “elegant” Soulcalibur could possibly get, the demo we saw did seem much faster than IV. Taking a cue from SSF IV, the gauge near your health bar for fueling special attacks charged up more quickly, bringing hard-hitting attacks into play earlier in the rounds. This will allow you to combo in extra powerful moves when your opponent wiffs an attack or when you block a hard hit.
Unfortunately, the build we saw was so early that the new characters Pyrrha and Patroklos had moves from older characters mapped on to them. It was also disappointing that even returning characters Siegfried and Mitsurugi featured work-in-progress move lists.
We liked the idea of kicking up the pace in Soulcalibur V and it’s heartening to hear that half of the playable fighters will be new. But with so little to show, it was hard to get a good feel for how much will be different and how much will be the same in Soulcalibur V. Expect more details as Namco’s 2012 release date draws nearer.
Jun 13, 2011